Penn State receiver Chris Godwin has left little doubt in his ability.
The 6-foot-1, 208-pound sophomore has caught some truly impressive passes from quarterback Christian Hackenberg this season, the most recent of which was a looping spiral that went 30 yards in the air, before Godwin snagged it under heavy coverage from Ohio State defensive back Eli Apple. Godwin then dragged Apple on his back for about 26 yards until Buckeyes coverage was able to assist in taking the wideout down.
It was just one of 30 catches Godwin has made so far this season as the top target of Hackenberg — the junior quarterback has completed 96 passes through seven games this season; Godwin accounts for 31 percent of that total, followed by DaeSean Hamilton’s 19 catches — for a total of 493 receiving yards (an average of about 70 yards per game).
The young wideout’s true talent lies not in his touchdown snags (that’s more Hamilton’s forte, as he leads the receivers with three of eight total receiving scores), but in his ability to aid Hackenberg in the explosive plays that eat up huge chunks of yardage and fluster an opposing defense; those plays that were sorely lacking from Penn State’s attack early this year.
Godwin balances his flashy plays with a truly humble nature, apparent in his demeanor when speaking to media the last several weeks, and in his work ethic as described by his coaching staff. Receivers coach Josh Gattis spoke highly of the receiver on Thursday morning via teleconference.